PANASONIC SC-HC1020EBK Wireless Flat Panel Hi-Fi System - Black

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  • WiFi & Bluetooth
  • Output power: 40 W
  • CD player
  • USB / Aux in connections
  • Smart internet radio

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      Product information
      Top features:

      - Wireless technology lets you create your ideal home audio setup

      - Impressive sound quality to bring your favourite songs to life

      - USB port lets you access your library of music

      - Wall mountable to help save space

      Wireless technology

      The Panasonic SC-HC1020EBK Wireless Flat Panel Hi-Fi System is part of the ALL Connected range, allowing you to wirelessly stream music around your home. By connecting to other ALL Connected speakers (sold separately) you can create your ideal home audio setup.

      Stream internet radio, CD tracks and music services such as Spotify using the Panasonic Music Streaming App. Using your existing home WiFi network and Bluetooth technology, the app allows you to share your favourite music throughout your home.

      Impressive sound quality

      You can enjoy rich bass and immerse yourself in your music. The Hi-Fi system features a 3rd generation LincsD-Amp which helps to reduce distortion during digital audio playback.

      USB port

      Using the USB 2.0 port of the SC-HC1020EBK, you can connect your other devices to the Hi-Fi to access your digital music collection. Whether you choose to use a high capacity USB stick or create a wired connection to a mobile device, you can share your favourite music with ease.

      Wall mountable

      With its minimalistic slim body, the Hi-Fi can be wall-mounted to help save space and add a touch of flair to any room.

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      Specification

      Technical specifications for PANASONIC SC-HC1020EBK Wireless Flat Panel Hi-Fi System - Black

      OVERVIEW
      Type Wireless flat panel Hi-Fi system
      Colour Black
      PERFORMANCE
      Number of speakers 2
      Speaker power 40 W (20 W + 20 W)
      Amplifier LincsD-Amp 3rd generation
      Impedance 8 Ohms
      AUDIO FEATURES
      Sound enhancement XBS Master
      Other audio features - Stereo pairing
      - Rear surround
      FEATURES
      Playback via USB Yes
      Playback via aux-in 3.5 mm jack
      Other read formats FLAC, ALAC, WAV
      Controls Buttons
      Auto power off / dimmer Yes
      APP FEATURES
      App name Panasonic Music Streaming app for Android & iOS
      Multi-room app features - Stream music to your ALLplay devices
      - Pair and group your devices
      Streaming services available - Spotify
      - Napster
      - Aupeo
      - AllPlay Radio
      General app features Panasonic Music Streaming App for Android & iOS:
      - Remote control via smartphone
      - Equaliser
      - L & R pairing
      - Firmware update
      - Create playlists
      - Queue music
      - Alarm
      - Clear Mode Dialog
      CONNECTIVITY
      Wireless Yes
      Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1
      NFC No
      AirPlay No
      USB USB 2.0 x 1
      USB charging Yes
      USB play & charge Yes
      Inputs 3.5 mm jack x 1
      POWER
      Power options Mains
      GENERAL
      Wall mountable Yes - wall mounting kit included
      Box contents - Panasonic SC-HC1020EBK Wireless Flat Panel Hi-Fi System
      - AC power cord
      Dimensions 280 x 480 x 170 mm (H x W x D)
      Weight 2.5 kg
      Boxed weight 2.8 kg
      Manufacturer’s guarantee 1 year
      Customer reviews

      PANASONIC SC-HC1020EBK Wireless Flat Panel Hi-Fi System - Black reviews verified by reevooReevoo

      11 reviews

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      (8.4 out of 10)
      Ease of use
      8.7
      Sound quality
      8.5
      Battery life
      9.8
      Design
      9.1
      Portability
      7.5
      Overall rating
      8.4
      Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
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      (8 out of 10)

      Keith

      London GB
      +
      No FM signal in this part of London but DAB operates perfectly with internal aerial provided. Easy to set up favourite internet radio presets using Panasonic app.
      Reviewer left no comment
      Confirmed purchase: 07 September 2017
      Published on: 22 September 2017
      (7 out of 10)

      Gail

      Devon GB
      +
      Very easy to set up and use. Sound is good and looks good.
      Hadn't realised front part was a mirror, thought it was grey! Feels a bit flimsy when cd cover opens.
      Confirmed purchase: 02 September 2017
      Published on: 17 September 2017
      This reviewer was invited to try the product in exchange for their honest opinion
      (9 out of 10)

      John

      Dungiven GB
      +
      The unit looks very stylish and takes up a very small footprint.
      Unit is very easy to setup and I was able to connect to network (using wps) quickly and also used the bluetooth functionality.
      Firmware updating, is very easy, via the wireless network connection.
      I have my unit, currently in my kitchen, which is great for listening to music, either streamed or via CD. It is also paired, with an Amazon echo device, so improving the experience using Alexa.
      Not a bad point, as such, but it would be better if the remote was not so large.
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      Reviewed on 03 September 2017
      Published on: 12 September 2017
      This reviewer was invited to try the product in exchange for their honest opinion
      (10 out of 10)

      Alex

      Midlands GB
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      I was asked to review the PANASONIC SC-HC1020EBK and received it free of charge.

      This device is a very compact 3-in-1 (radio, CD and USB) player. It comes neatly packaged with all the items you might need like cables - a mains lead and a DAB antenna - a remote control (battery supplied) and the brackets/holder required for wall mounting. There is also a template for wall mounting, more of that later.

      On unboxing the first time I was surprised by the lightness of the SC-HC1020EBK given that it boasts 40w total RMS power. The speaker wings either side of the mirror reflective CD centre panel are thinner than expected for the power output, not even being deep as the main body of the unit.

      There are two cables that you need to attach before first use. These are obviously the mains lead and the radio antenna. The latter is of the satellite screw type and so it securely attached to the SC-HC1020EBK and is a long dual wire with a fork tongue tip. This tip needs to be kept apart once you find a suitable position for the SC-HC1020EBK or you get a stippling effect on the radio output. One ‘difficulty’ with the SC-HC1020EBK is that as it has the ability to be wall mounted, it requires a flat back and so nothing can protrude directly from it. This means that Panasonic have placed the mains socket and radio antenna on opposite sides the main unit. For me this meant that they were on the wrong sides for installation. I have had to find a way to thread the cables towards the opposite sides they are attached. While fine for the power cable, the antenna looks a lot more fragile being practically bent back on itself. This is not a problem as long as it is not moved very often.

      Given that reflective panel on the front there are no visible buttons to detract from the aesthetic lines. This means the unit would not seem out of place as your main HiFi in the living room or bedroom. It comes with a remote, which realistically you will probably use more than the row of small thin buttons along the top edge of the actual unit. The remote is logically set out and well labelled so it is easy to select the function you require and once selected is reproduced on the display, which sits behind the top part of the middle reflective front panel.

      On first switching on the unit welcomes you and drops you into USB mode. Using the remote (you can also use one of the top buttons on the unit), you can select the function you require. And there are plenty of functions to select. The SC-HC1020EBK is more than a radio/CD player. Firstly, it has a USB port that can be used to both play music stored on memory sticks and to charge a phone. The rating for USB charging is 5v/1.5A. I found it sufficient to charge my phone. It also has an Aux port to attach those devices without a USB connection, however, the SC-HC1020EBK does not come with a cable for this, you would need to buy your own.

      You need not use either of these methods to attach your phone as it comes with Bluetooth v2.1+EDR. This is relatively easy to set up using the remote-control unit. You need to be aware of the limitations of Bluetooth by keeping the phone close by.

      This is no limitation on the next function of the SC-HC1020EBK. Not satisfied with packing in a radio, CD player, USB port, Aux port and Bluetooth, Panasonic thought it would be a good idea to include a WiFi connection as well. This is actually necessary to set up, even if you are not bothered with its main purpose, to stream online music services like Spotify (there are a number of compatible services, but not all of them. Panasonic conveniently provides a webpage for you to see if yours is compatible). The reason it is necessary to set up the WiFi connection is because that is the easiest way to update the firmware for the SC-HC1020EBK. I did this as soon as connected and found an update waiting.

      Give the aesthetics of the SC-HC1020EBK you might like to use it in the bedroom. One word of caution here is that it is too bulky for the bedside table, despite being thin it is 42CM wide and 23CM high. However, being wall mounted it could still double up as your alarm clock with its time display and timer settings; as long as you like waking up to the radio. The unit is best used with its remote control so you do not need to actually touch the unit itself if you want to snooze. There is also an ‘auto off’ function, though this only applies when there has been no sound from the unit for 20 minutes. This function can be turned off if you wish.

      You should also note that there is no manual option to open the CD tray. You can do so only via the remote or the eject button on the top of the unit. The reflective front panel slides to the left to reveal the vertical player. You need to be careful here when taking out or inserting a CD, not to touch the playing lens. This might take some getting used to as you need to ‘catch’ the CD once released from the centre spindle as gravity kicks in easily.

      The CD player does more than just play shop bought CDs. You can play your own MP3 CDs and as long as you have appropriately tagged the files when you burnt the CD you will see the artist, album and song title on the display. This also applies to the USB function mentioned above, however, for USB it is not easy to skip between album folders and so it can take longer than finding the CD and putting it in.

      Panasonic has tried to make the SC-HC1020EBK a proper replacement for a bigger HiFi. This is reflected in the sound quality output, which provides for a big bass surround sound that can fill a room whether you are alone or having a party. There is very little distortion at high volume, though if you have cranked up what Panasonic call the D.Bass and turned the unit to its maximum volume, there will inevitably be some distortion on bass heavy music. There is also a surround sound setting which actually does a very good job of filling out even the weakest sounds/music. I tried it with both music and a talking book and was pleasantly surprised that both gave a richness and warmth to the sound. The talking book in particular gave the impression that the speaker was in the room with me. Given that there are so many different mediums for you to listen to on the SC-HC1020EBK, it is only to be expected that Panasonic have given you the opportunity to save different sound settings for different experiences. There are three possible saved settings in all.

      The Panasonic SC-HC1020EBK can also be connected to other Panasonic speakers that have the ‘AllPlay’ moniker. This would allow you to have this main unit in one room but pipe your music choice around the house. This can all be controlled through the phone app.

      Given that the SC-HC1020EBK has a flat back it seemed churlish not to attempt to attach it to the wall. The template was easy to use and the attachments provided were easy to install. The unit can be easily taken down from the wall for whatever reason. However, I also found that using three large sticky gel pads allowed me to attach it without fear of it falling off. This is due in part to its lack of heft; though make sure the cables do not interfere or put pressure on the unit as this might lift it off the pads and that would be a disaster. Once on the wall, it has a separate sound setting to account for the lack of space behind the speakers. Using this meant the sound was as good as when it was free standing.
      There was one slight fly in the ointment when setting up the WiFi. Panasonic as given the SC-HC1020EBK both 2.4G and 5G WiFi. There are various ways to set up WiFi, manually, via the app and WPS. Trying the first two I was unable to set the SC-HC1020EBK up and could not understand why until I happened upon the SSID in the app - it is not visible when doing it manually. If you have a router with both 2.4G and 5G active, the app wants to choose the band your phone is connected on - 2.4G in my case - and selects and does not allow you to change it. The unit will not connect because the SC-HC1020EBK seems to want to connect to the 5G, which admittedly is superior for networked media devices. This is not a problem if you use WPS to connect it as the unit only selects 5G, but a future tweak in the firmware would be nice to remove the frustration for those who prefer to set it up manually.

      One note of caution. If you are thinking of streaming services like Spotify, Panasonic has made it clear that you can only stream the paid for service, not the free one.
      8 of 9 people found this review helpful
      Reviewed on 04 August 2017
      Published on: 22 August 2017
      This reviewer was invited to try the product in exchange for their honest opinion
      (8 out of 10)

      David

      London GB
      +
      This device is easy to set up and immediately connected to my network. It can see my NAS and can play media through Bluetooth. The DAB radio is good and, with the supplied ariel, found stations with ease. I have yet to use the CD player or work with USB memory sticks so can't comment on these features.

      The device requires the Panasonic Music Streaming app so make sure you have enough memory left on your device to download it. It also works with AllPlay radio.
      Whilst the sound quality is reasonable for a product in this price range it is not quite as good as my Denon M39. Having said that the Denon costs £100 more and does not have the streaming capabilities.

      The system is not yet fully run in so the sound may improve over the coming weeks.

      It is suitable for a second system, e.g., in the kitchen or bedroom.
      Reviewed on 04 August 2017
      Published on: 22 August 2017
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        £199.00
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